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Dave Kobrenski is an artist, musician, and writer who has a hard time refusing a good adventure. Between 2001 and 2016, Dave traveled extensively in West Africa to study with master musicians Famoudou Konaté, Sayon Camara, Nansady Keïta, and others. In Guinea, he continues his studies of the Fula flute (tambin) with a master of the Malinké flute tradition, Lanciné Condé.

Dave strives to make art, music, and stories that inspire people to look deeper into the importance of both biological and cultural diversity, and to see that a more beautiful, healthful world is possible.

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Djoliba Crossing
Journeys into West African Music and Culture
by Dave Kobrenski View author's profile page

Overview


Discover the music and culture of West Africa in this beautifully illustrated account of an artist's adventures in the Niger River valley.

When artist and musician Dave Kobrenski first set out for Guinea, West Africa, it was simply to learn the djembé music of the Malinké people. What he found instead was a land of ancient traditions where spirits mingle with the living and the souls of ancestors reside in sacred groves of trees. He soon learns that intense poverty and rampant political corruption are a mixture with explosive potential in Conakry's inner-city. When bloody clashes erupt, no traveler is safe. For Kobrenski, the result was a two decade musical adventure that would test his resolve and draw him into a quest of cultural understanding.

Djoliba Crossing is both an adventure memoir and a guidebook for the music traditions of West Africa. Descriptions of ancient music and festivals are enriched by original artwork, historical research, and rhythm notations for the djembé, dununba, sangban, and kenkeni drums. Together, they offer a glimpse into a world hidden off the beaten path, and chronicle an artist's journey deep into realms of the unexpected.

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Description


“Djoliba Crossing is an excellent and beautifully-crafted introduction to the world of Malinké music and dance, explaining its relationship to daily life and to ritual activity. — Indie Reader

Djoliba Crossing is a premium quality, full color book with 192 pages of stories, historical and cultural information, rhythm transcriptions, maps, and more. The book contains over 70 full color illustrations.

  • 192 pages
  • large format, 8.5x11 FULL-COLOR
  • 70 full-color illustrations
  • hand-drawn maps
  • complete rhythm transcriptions for djembe + dunun drums
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Overview


Discover the music and culture of West Africa in this beautifully illustrated account of an artist's adventures in the Niger River valley.

When artist and musician Dave Kobrenski first set out for Guinea, West Africa, it was simply to learn the djembé music of the Malinké people. What he found instead was a land of ancient traditions where spirits mingle with the living and the souls of ancestors reside in sacred groves of trees. He soon learns that intense poverty and rampant political corruption are a mixture with explosive potential in Conakry's inner-city. When bloody clashes erupt, no traveler is safe. For Kobrenski, the result was a two decade musical adventure that would test his resolve and draw him into a quest of cultural understanding.

Djoliba Crossing is both an adventure memoir and a guidebook for the music traditions of West Africa. Descriptions of ancient music and festivals are enriched by original artwork, historical research, and rhythm notations for the djembé, dununba, sangban, and kenkeni drums. Together, they offer a glimpse into a world hidden off the beaten path, and chronicle an artist's journey deep into realms of the unexpected.

Read more

Description


“Djoliba Crossing is an excellent and beautifully-crafted introduction to the world of Malinké music and dance, explaining its relationship to daily life and to ritual activity. — Indie Reader

Djoliba Crossing is a premium quality, full color book with 192 pages of stories, historical and cultural information, rhythm transcriptions, maps, and more. The book contains over 70 full color illustrations.

  • 192 pages
  • large format, 8.5x11 FULL-COLOR
  • 70 full-color illustrations
  • hand-drawn maps
  • complete rhythm transcriptions for djembe + dunun drums

Read more

Book details

Genre:MUSIC

Subgenre:Ethnomusicology

Language:English

Pages:192

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9780982668948


Overview


Discover the music and culture of West Africa in this beautifully illustrated account of an artist's adventures in the Niger River valley.

When artist and musician Dave Kobrenski first set out for Guinea, West Africa, it was simply to learn the djembé music of the Malinké people. What he found instead was a land of ancient traditions where spirits mingle with the living and the souls of ancestors reside in sacred groves of trees. He soon learns that intense poverty and rampant political corruption are a mixture with explosive potential in Conakry's inner-city. When bloody clashes erupt, no traveler is safe. For Kobrenski, the result was a two decade musical adventure that would test his resolve and draw him into a quest of cultural understanding.

Djoliba Crossing is both an adventure memoir and a guidebook for the music traditions of West Africa. Descriptions of ancient music and festivals are enriched by original artwork, historical research, and rhythm notations for the djembé, dununba, sangban, and kenkeni drums. Together, they offer a glimpse into a world hidden off the beaten path, and chronicle an artist's journey deep into realms of the unexpected.

Read more

Description


“Djoliba Crossing is an excellent and beautifully-crafted introduction to the world of Malinké music and dance, explaining its relationship to daily life and to ritual activity. — Indie Reader

Djoliba Crossing is a premium quality, full color book with 192 pages of stories, historical and cultural information, rhythm transcriptions, maps, and more. The book contains over 70 full color illustrations.

  • 192 pages
  • large format, 8.5x11 FULL-COLOR
  • 70 full-color illustrations
  • hand-drawn maps
  • complete rhythm transcriptions for djembe + dunun drums

Read more

About the author


Dave Kobrenski is an artist, musician, and writer who has a hard time refusing a good adventure. Between 2001 and 2016, Dave traveled extensively in West Africa to study with master musicians Famoudou Konaté, Sayon Camara, Nansady Keïta, and others. In Guinea, he continues his studies of the Fula flute (tambin) with a master of the Malinké flute tradition, Lanciné Condé.

Dave strives to make art, music, and stories that inspire people to look deeper into the importance of both biological and cultural diversity, and to see that a more beautiful, healthful world is possible.

Read more

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